Luke Hyam set for loan spell after long-awaited return to action

Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam

Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy will try and loan Luke Hyam out for a month following his return to fitness.

The tenacious 24-year-old midfielder hasn’t featured for the Blues since injuring his knee in the 1-0 home defeat to Southampton, in the FA Cup, back on January 14. A set-back suffered at the pre-season training camp in Ireland led to surgery and he finally made his long-awaited comeback in the Under-21s 1-1 draw at QPR this afternoon.

“It’s his first game for a long, long time out,” said McCarthy, whose team face Wolves at Portman Road tomorrow (3pm). “He might go out on loan for a month if he gets fit bearing in mind we’ve got Skusey (Cole Skuse), we’ve got Kevin Bru, we’ve got Dougy (Jonathan Douglas, we’ve got Tabby (Jay Tabb) and we’ve got Giles Coke that can play in there.

“If he comes back, having had all the time that he’s had out, and then doesn’t play he loses all the benefit of all his rehab. If we can put him out for a month, which I’m sure we can, then that’s what will happen.”

The Blues boss continued: “I want to do it for him and for us, so we can get him fully fit. I’ve seen it too often where players come back and don’t get in the team and all the benefits of the rehab that they’ve done just starts to ebb away.

“I’ve got no doubt about his fitness and I’m sure he’ll be fine today. He needs games. If he gets five or six games he’ll be better for it.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy revealed that David McGoldrick remains sidelined and that Teddy Bishop, who hasn’t featured all season due to a series of shin and hamstring injuries, is still not ready to be involved with the first team.

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“He’s still injured,” said McCarthy, when asked about McGoldrick. “He’s got a pretty nasty groin injury, it’s turned out to be that way from a couple of weeks back when he started to feel it.

“He’s not trained yet, he’s nowhere near for tomorrow and I would think next week will be a bit too soon for him as well.”

On Bishop, McCarthy said: “He’s not quite ready. That (sending him out on loan) was never a consideration with Teddy though because he’s not been out quite as long as Luke.

“We’ll wait and see when Teddy comes back but we’ve got a number of midfield players. There are one or two with suspension looming that need to be careful.”

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